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Also Known As: Died: December 12, 1985
Born: May 7, 1923 Cause of Death: stroke
Birth Place: Michigan City, Indiana, USA Profession: actor, author

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A luminous screen presence best known for a handful of roles, Anne Baxter acted in three Broadway productions while still in her teens and was soon invited to Hollywood. Her early films were not of consistent quality, but the lovely, husky-voiced actress usually managed to make a positive impression and showed genuine ability in pictures as varied as Orson Welles' "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1942), "Five Graves to Cairo" (1943) and "The Razor's Edge" (1946), winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the latter. However, she was best remembered for her indelible performances as a ruthless, success-driven young actress in "All About Eve" (1950) and the gorgeous and nefarious Nefretiri in Cecil B. DeMille's religious epic "The Ten Commandments" (1956). The movie assignments offered to Baxter in the wake of those triumphs were often not worthy of her skills, but she still managed to give consistent and laudable performances, particularly in projects that suitably challenged her. Principal among these was "Applause" (1972), a musical re-working of "All About Eve" for the stage in which the now older Baxter successfully assumed the role of the character she had deceived in the film. It was that sort of...

A luminous screen presence best known for a handful of roles, Anne Baxter acted in three Broadway productions while still in her teens and was soon invited to Hollywood. Her early films were not of consistent quality, but the lovely, husky-voiced actress usually managed to make a positive impression and showed genuine ability in pictures as varied as Orson Welles' "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1942), "Five Graves to Cairo" (1943) and "The Razor's Edge" (1946), winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the latter. However, she was best remembered for her indelible performances as a ruthless, success-driven young actress in "All About Eve" (1950) and the gorgeous and nefarious Nefretiri in Cecil B. DeMille's religious epic "The Ten Commandments" (1956). The movie assignments offered to Baxter in the wake of those triumphs were often not worthy of her skills, but she still managed to give consistent and laudable performances, particularly in projects that suitably challenged her. Principal among these was "Applause" (1972), a musical re-working of "All About Eve" for the stage in which the now older Baxter successfully assumed the role of the character she had deceived in the film. It was that sort of versatility and professionalism that allowed Baxter to earn numerous credits in three different mediums over a career spanning almost 50 years.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Thrill of Genius, The (1986) Herself
2.
4.
 Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980) Lilianna Zorska
5.
 Nero Wolfe (1979) Rachel Bruner
6.
 Little Mo (1978) Jess Connolly
7.
 Lisa, Bright and Dark (1973) Margaret Schilling
8.
 Catcher, The (1972) Kate
9.
 Fools' Parade (1971) Cleo
10.
 The Late Liz (1971) Liz Addams Hatch
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Milestones close milestones

1927:
Moved to Bronxville, New York with family at age four (date approximate)
1934:
Began studying acting with Maria Ouspenskaya
1936:
Broadway acting debut at age 13 in "Seen But Not Heard"
1939:
Moved to Hollywood
1940:
Film acting debut in "20 Mule Team"
:
Tested unsuccessfully for the leading role in Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca"
1940:
Acted in the "The Great Profile", starring John Barrymore
1942:
Breakthrough role as Joseph Cotten's daughter in Orson Welles' "The Magnificent Ambersons"
1943:
Received top billing for first time on Lewis Milestone's "North Star"
1944:
Acted opposite future husband John Hodiak in "Sunday Dinner for a Soldier"
1946:
Had one of her best screen roles as a dipsomaniac Sophie MacDonald in "The Razor's Edge"; won Best Supporting Actress Oscar
1948:
Second film with Hodiak, "Homecoming"
1950:
Played best-known role of Eve Harrington, a scheming aspiring actress who worms her way into the life of an aging Broadway star (Bette Davis) in the classic "All About Eve"; nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award
1953:
Co-starred with Montgomery Clift in Alfred Hitchcock's "I Confess"
1956:
Played Nefretiri, the Egyptian queen, in Cecil B DeMille's remake of "The Ten Commandments"
1957:
Made early TV appearance in episode of "G.E. Theatre" (CBS)
1957:
Returned to Broadway after absence of nearly 20 years in "The Square Root of Wonderful"
1958:
Made London stage debut in "The Joshua Tree"
1961:
Moved to Australia after second marriage to Randolph Gant
1964:
Returned to the USA (date approximate)
:
Portrayed Olga, Queen of the Cossacks, on ABC's "Batman"
1967:
TV-movie debut, "Stranger on the Run" (NBC)
1969:
Received an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for "The Bobby Currier Story" episode of "The Name of the Game" (NBC)
1969:
Had regular role as love interest for the title character during first season of "Marcus Welby, M.D." (ABC)
1971:
Replaced Lauren Bacall in role of Margo Channing in the award-winning Broadway musical "Applause", based on "All About Eve"; Channing was Bette Davis' character in movie
1973:
Played Margaret Schilling in "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation of "Lisa, Bright and Dark" (NBC)
1976:
Published memoir of life in the Outback, "Intermission: A True Story"
1976:
Starred in NBC miniseries "The Moneychangers"
1980:
Made final feature, "Jane Austen in Manhattan", directed by James Ivory; cast included her daughter Katrina Hodiak
1981:
Acted in the ABC miniseries remake of "East of Eden"
1983:
Narrated the documentary "The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright"
:
Portrayed the owner of the St Francis, in the ABC anthology series "Hotel"; replaced an ailing Bette Davis in the role
1984:
Co-starred in the British TV-movie "The Masks of Death/Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death", starring Peter Cushing
1985:
Appeared as herself in "The Thrill of Genius", a feature documentary about Alfred Hitchcok
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Education

Theodora Irvine School of the Theater: New York , New York - 1934 - 1936

Notes

"Bette [Davis] and I did not have a feud going on the set of 'All About Eve'. The studio tried to play that up all during the filming. But I liked her very much. She'd come on the set and go 'S-s-s-s-s-s-s' at me, but it was just a joke between us. That was one of the happiest companies I've ever been in in my life."

Nevertheless, Miss Baxter insisted on running for Best Actress against Miss Davis at Academy Award time. "I had been billed as a star in 'All About Eve'. To be entered as a supporting actress meant I would have had to take a lower billing, and I felt I had worked too hard for all those years for that. One day a friend of mine called me from the Academy and told me the studio was still trying to enter me as a supporting actress against my wishes. She said, 'I know why they're doing it, because they're afraid you and Bette will cancel each other out.' And that's exactly what we did." --From Baxter's The New York Times obituary, December 13, 1985.

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husband:
John Hodiak. Actor. Married in 1946; divorced in 1953.
husband:
Randolph Galt. Australian rancher. Married in 1960; divorced in 1968.
husband:
David Klee. Investment banker. Married from 1977 until his death in 1978.

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grandfather:
Frank Lloyd Wright. Architect.
father:
Kenneth Stuart Baxter.
mother:
Catherine Baxter.
daughter:
Katrina Vonditter. Former actor. Appeared in "Jane Austen in Manhattan" with mother.
daughter:
Melissa Galt.
daughter:
Maginel Galt.
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"Intermission: A True Story"

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